FDA Committee Endorses Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5-11 | Health News

The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed a smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11, a key step in getting shots to the 28 million children in the age group.

The committee decided that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the age group. Many members said the shot would be important to continuing in-person learning for children. On the other hand, some cited the increased risk of myocarditis, a rare condition of heart inflammation that has been linked to the Pfizer and Moderna shots, as a concern. Others expressed worry that authorization of the vaccine in this age group could lead to vaccine mandates from schools.

The FDA doesn’t have to follow the committee’s recommendations, though it usually does. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee meets next week to consider the shot. If the CDC director accepts the recommendations, the shots can begin.

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The Biden administration has already published its plan to distribute the shots should they gain authorization. It includes sending the shots to more than 25,000 pediatric offices and other primary care sites, over 100 children’s hospital systems and tens of thousands of pharmacies. Hundreds of schools and community-based clinics will also get the shots.

In documents filed with the FDA, Pfizer said that its vaccine is nearly 91% effective against symptomatic infection in the age group. Pfizer proposes the two-dose series to be administered three weeks apart.

Pfizer studied shots for children ages 5-11 that are approximately one-third the dosage given to adults. The smaller dosage was “carefully selected as the preferred dose for safety, tolerability and immunogenicity in children 5 to 11 years of age,” the company said in a press release. The company said side effects for children are “generally comparable to those observed in participants 16 to 25 years of age.”

While kids generally don’t get severe cases of COVID-19 as often as older populations, they can still get seriously ill and die from the disease. More than 600 children in the U.S. have died from the disease, according to CDC data. Coronavirus cases in children peaked in September as many parents sent their kids back to school. While infections are down, kids still make up over 25% of new cases, according to a recent report.

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Kids across Anchorage receive free dental services

Oct. 25—Stuffed animals — each fitted with a pair of shiny fake teeth — accompanied children as University of Alaska Anchorage dental students provided cleanings, X-rays and exams. “PawPatrol,” “Frozen” and Pokémon decals decorated the clear dividers between each exam room, and songs from “The Little Mermaid” blared overhead.

UAA’s Children’s Day Dental Clinic, hosted by the School of Allied Health’s dental hygiene program, gave 11 UAA dental students the opportunity to provide free services to Anchorage youths.

The event was held Friday and provided dental services for children up to 18 years old.

“When I grow up, I wanna be a dentist just like you!” 6-year-old Leilani Madrid said to Dr. Evelyn Haley, a dental program faculty member.

While waiting to get her teeth cleaned, Leilani used a small dental inspection mirror to investigate the pair of fake teeth fitted into the clinic’s stuffed animal fish that she named Tiggy.

“I did such a good job with my pictures,” Leilani said of her X-rays. “I didn’t need my mom… and baby brother’s help.”

The event gives students a chance to work on meeting degree requirements while gaining experience in a clinical setting. It also helps educate the public and provide children with a positive experience, said Carri Shamburger, dental hygiene program director.

Four-year-old Lia Barela was reluctant to leave after her appointment. Wearing a pink bracelet that dental program student Ronie Marc Salvador picked out for her from a toy box in the waiting room and clutching a small toy in the shape of a tooth, Lia begged to stay so she could hang out with her friends.

Junior Marina Pack said it was after “a lot of soul searching” that she found her way into UAA’s dental hygiene program.

“I really wanted to help people,” she said. “This is where I landed and I’m so sure it’s right for me.”

Being part of Friday’s event was the icing on the cake.

“There’s just so much happiness,” she said. Her hair was tucked neatly behind a handmade head covering decorated with bright red apples. “It’s really great to see this and get this experience.”

Senior Shayna McGinty — who wore fairy wings and a white tutu — carried her tooth fairy wand around as she interacted with children during the education portion of the event. A young girl even lowered her mask to show McGinty her missing tooth.

“It, like, melted my heart,” she said.

Shamburger said the Children’s Day Dental Clinic will be held again next year around the same time of year. Low-cost dental appointments with UAA students are also available to the public from September through April. For more information, visit the School of Allied Health’s website.

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